Wednesday, April 30, 2008

msb-0294 Smoke gets in your eves.

msb-0294 Smoke gets in your eyes.


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---- "Smoke and Mirrors" by: "The Receiving End Of Sirens"

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---- "Mary Jane Ive Smoked My Last One" by: "The Den Collective"

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---- "Smoke & Mirrors" by: "Anthony Rankin"


Here are some people taking my advice about inhalation, (using a large permeable membrane designed to let materials pass through in one direction; [like a diode in electronics.])

---- "Clouds or Smoke?" by: "Derek K. Miller"


Up in Smoke

A report [ ] came out today that said that MSers who use pot to ease symptoms have a slowing down in their ability to process and remember information and a rise in mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

Not really a big surprise. Our cognitive skills diminish as we ingest a mind altering drug. The study only involved 10 patients so it's not really big enough to make sweeping conclusions about the use of pot. The folks who used pot were using illegally obtained pot, so there's no verifying what else, if anything, was in those funny little cigarettes that may or may not have contributed to the findings. And the folks who used pot were not evaluated before they started using the drug so who's to say they hadn't already had diminished skills and revved up anxiety to begin with.

But let's think about the uses of pot for MSers.

To ease neuropathic pain. Pain is such a subjective thing; it's difficult to quantify how much is acceptable to any individual. But if it's keeping you awake at night or keeping you from leading a relatively normal life (with its usual aches and pains) then it's unacceptable.

To ease muscle spasms. Spasms can be painful. They, too, can keep you awake at night and prevent you from leading a relatively normal life. (And speaking from experience, they can cause you to hit the wrong button on the computer at work.)

To ease anxiety. Let's face it, life can make us anxious. We all have different coping mechanisms for anxiety. Some of us kick the dog, some of us drink to excess, some of us wash our hands 1000 times a day. Not great coping mechanisms. Now add a degenerative disease to the mix of life's usual anxieties. Would a joint once a week, say on a Friday night at home, be an any worse method of coping? Personally, I think not. Do I do it? Nope, but I have a healthy fear of a criminal record and luckily I haven't had pain or spasms bad enough to make me seek it out (almost, but not quite).

So we have a population of people with pain, spasms, and anxiety, and a disease that is destroying their brain, seeking out relief. All these stressors contribute to diminished cognitive skills and reduced mental health. The bigger issue I think is, Is the use of pot by MSers detrimental to their life.

Before we determine that pot is bad for MSers, remember that MS is bad for MSers.

---- "Smoke filling in car" by: "Momo-J"


While I never picked up the habit, there is a lot to be said for, uh, inhalation therapies. (Some of it might even sound coherent! :-)

Its not a moral judgement on my part. My clients used to be banks and other major financial institutions, so I never indulged. (I was "straight and sober" while the people handling mortage-backed securities must have been smokin' "something" [ ] clearly mind altering to have got us all in the sub-prime mess, [just a clearly, it was "not" reality altering. {"Bye Bye Bear Sterns...". Meanwhile, for the IT staff, its "either urine or you're out".}])

As for my younger days... I played Classical Guitar. That didn't do much for my "stoner status". Come to think of it, I enjoyed myself a whole lot more.

Sex, and drugs and rock-n-roll. Well, uh, "one" out of three wasn't bad at all. :-)

---- "Smoked" by: "Briareus"


And here's a song that belongs to the sound track o' my wacky life

---- "Your Red Scarf Matches your Eyes" by "Guy Marks"


mdmhvonpa said...

"slowing down in their ability to process and remember information and a rise in mood disorders like anxiety and depression."

Are those not also reported by MS survivors who do not indulge?

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Ask Shauna about the pot. (I don't partake of the "herb" ;-)

I'm not going to call the kettle black.

Mood disorders and forgetfulness might be, uh ... what were we talkin' 'bout, dude... :-)

Oh no, I remember now. The effects of pot on memory.

That's quite likely that holes in our memory are caused by the holes in our sceroltic lil' brains.